TV One Announces Blockbuster Drama “EMPIRE” Coming to Its Programming Line-up This Summer

TV One Acquires 20th Century Fox Television and Imagine Television
Series On the Eve of its Annual Upfront Presentation

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–On Wednesday, April 13, the eve of TV One’s Annual Upfront
Presentation, President Brad Siegel announced the acquisition of
blockbuster drama EMPIRE. Starring Academy Award nominee Terrence
and Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson,
television’s award-winning and most nominated series about the head of a
music empire whose three sons and ex-wife battle for his throne, will
make its TV One debut this spring. Following FOX’s second
season finale in May, TV One will also add EMPIRE to its
summer programming line-up.

“We are ecstatic to partner with 20th Television and Imagine
in showcasing one of the biggest hits in television history,” said
. “EMPIRE dominates the media landscape with a
first-rate cast, original music content, engaging plots and celebrity
guests. TV One is proud to be the exclusive cable network home
for the series as it represents our brand promise to defy expectations.”

With 35 nominations, EMPIRE is the most-nominated television
series this season and recently named a Top 10 Television Program of the
Year by the American Film Institute. It was the only broadcast series to
earn a Golden Globe Award nomination this year in the category of Best
Television Series – Drama. Additionally, Taraji P. Henson won the Golden
Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama.
The series also earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Compilation
Soundtrack for Visual Media.

EMPIRE stars Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett,
Bryshere “Yazz” Gray, Trai Byers, Grace Gealey, Kaitlin Doubleday,
Gabourey Sidibe, Ta’Rhonda Jones and Serayah McNeill. In addition to the
regular cast, the series has featured guest appearances by a wide range
of talented performers, including Chris Rock, Alicia Keys, Marisa Tomei,
Naomi Campbell, Ludacris, Adam Rodriguez, Vivica A. Fox, Rosie O’
Donnell and Andre Royo.

From Imagine Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television,
the series was created by Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels and Emmy
Award winner Danny Strong, and is executive produced by Daniels, Strong,
Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer, Ilene
Chaiken, Francie Calfo and Sanaa Hamri. “Like” EMPIRE on Facebook
Follow the series on Twitter @EmpireFOX
and join the discussion using #Empire. See photos and videos on
Instagram by following @EmpireFOX.

For more information about TV One’s upcoming programming, visit
the network’s companion website at
TV One
viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via
social media on Twitter,
and Facebook
(@tvonetv) using the hash tag #Represent and catch clips
and promos on TV One’s YouTube


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serves 57 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and
entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and
music designed to entertain and inform a diverse audience of adult Black
viewers. The network is the exclusive home of News One Now, the
only live daily news program targeting Black viewers. In December 2008,
the company launched TV One High Def, which now serves 14 million
households. TV One is solely owned by Radio One [NASDAQ:
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